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There was a bit of a culinary explosion in the valley the last several months and I was lucky to be involved. I was fortunate enough to work with some amazing chefs this year and wanted to put together a photography show representing the events we were a part of.
So, on November 20th I invite you to “Yes, Chef”, an evening of art, food, and music.
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I’m in a great mood this morning as I am creating new designs for John Francis. He has a new project he’s working on and I am beyond happy and lucky to be a part of it. I’ve brought his name up many times before telling friends about him and trying to help spread the word of his music and story telling. He is a true talent and a true human being. So fortunate to have people like this in my life. I never would have expected two years ago when I first met John at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center I would be doing design and photography for him. Proud to be working on this one.
That brings me to the next thing I want to talk about…
I’ve officially started work on the photos from my recent shoot with April Piazza. Very happy with what I have so far. I may post one or two, but I’m saving a majority of them for an upcoming project I have in the works.
Photos from this year’s Uproar Festival are on the way, too. They include Romantic Rock‘s Model Contest and Fashion Show and of course Circa Survive, Coheed and Cambria, Jane’s Addiction, and others.
The next few weeks have me working on design projects that include The Curse of Sorrow and Katie Kelly and the Charming Beards. Katie hired me for a new logo and The Curse of Sorrow have me back for the third time creating merch, posters, and the artwork for new CD as well as band photography.
In 2011 I was contacted to shoot the Miss Uproar Contest for the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival that was held in Scranton, PA. Well, they asked me back…during a day I was out of town…. BUT I am able to be a part of Holmdel, New Jersey’s part of the tour!
During my first Uproar experience I was able to see and shoot bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, Seether, and Three Days Grace. It was a great chance to meet bands, photographers, and other people with similar interests. It was a great experience and to know I’m going to be a part of that again is an amazing feeling.
I will not only be shooting beautiful models this year, but also Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains, Coheed and Cambria, and Circa Survive!
Plus, I’ll have the opportunity to shoot bands like Walking Papers with Duff McKagan (Guns ‘n Roses), Dank Jones, and The Dead Daisies which features Jon Stevens (INXS/Noiseworks), Richard Fortus (Guns ‘n Roses/Thin Lizzy), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), and Dizzy Reed (Guns ‘n Roses).
Three stages of rock ‘n roll!
Now that I have your attention….
The new Chef Project is finally in the works. I’m very happy with what I have so far and can’t wait to show these.
This new project of mine will be a collection of portraits of some of this area’s most talented chefs. They are simple, black and white photographs capturing a time in their lives and careers when a lot of good things have been going on for each of them.
The Northeastern Pa’s culinary world got a good kick in the ass the past few years with many great new restaurants, pop ups, and food events. It got more of a boost this year with what Hell’s Kitchen has brought to the area via Chef Langdon and his fellow contestants of the show.
I’ve had the very good fortune to call Chef Langdon my friend and be included in a lot of related events. Hell’s Kitchen contestants, local chefs, and many others have been pulled together during this local reality TV craze creating opportunities for everyone involved.
I thought this would be a good time to photograph some of the chefs and show all the foodies who’s cooking this great food!
You will see Chefs such as Michael Langdon, Jim Guasto, Anthony Rodriguez, Barret Beyer, Chris Mullin, and John Tabone to name a few.
I’m going to premiere these at a new show in the Fall. It will be my second showing of work and revolve a lot around all the great things I was apart of this year including many great bands, events, and some of my travels. There will also be a few other projects I’ve been working on as well. More info on that in the coming months.
I’m helping out with a great event at the 279 Bar & Grill on July 14, 2013. 279 along with Maer’s BBQ, BOC, and 1120 are bringing together some of the best bands and the best BBQ to raise awareness and money to help fight cancer by donating the proceeds to Fuck Cancer.
Fuck Cancer is an amazing organization led by Yael Coehn (Chief Cancer Fucker/CEO), along with her amazing team of Cancer Fuckers that presents people with facts via some edge and humor. Please click on the link and check them out. Learn how you can protect yourself and help others!
Sound vulgar? Offended? Cancer is vulgar and offensive. It’s time to overcome it.
Learn. Donate. Help. Fight. Fuck it.
Check out 279 Bar & Grill for more details!
Low Cut Connie, one of the bands I shot at Appel Farms this year, contacted me to use one of my photos for press purposes. That made my day. Added a little more fuel to the fire. They are one hell of a band and put on such a great performance. I hope to photograph them again sometime. Pure energy. Pure rock and roll. Rolling Stone voted their song ‘Boozophilia’ #31 in their Top 50 Songs of 2012. Be sure to check them out.
I was lucky enough to shoot the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network‘s PurpleStride event in Wilkes-Barre, PA recently. It was a beautiful day and they had a great turn out. They raised over $50,000! It was a great opportunity to show support of current patients and honor those who have passed from this terrible disease. I was so fortunate to capture some of the great moments between friends and family before and after the run/walk. Pan Can and all of it’s great volunteers put on one hell of an event and I was so happy to be able to be a part of it all.
Some of the photos I took are being used for a PanCan presentation and may appear on their website. NEPA’s PurpleStride event was was filmed and photographed as the model for future PanCan events. We know how to do it in Wilkes-Barre!